Whether your skin is ruddy, irritated, puffy, or simply flushed, redness can be a symptom of many skin conditions. From minor allergic reactions to long term conditions like eczema, redness triggers have a broad range of severity. Although some people just have a natural tendency to blush, a great deal of skin redness is treatable once the cause is identified.
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Much common skin redness is caused by exposure to external factors like sun and wind. Sunburns are a clear example of skin redness that almost everyone will face at some point. Cold winter weather tends to produce rosy cheeks, as the body sends extra warm blood to the skin. In any weather, strong, dry wind can also chap and redden the face.
Skin can also become red due to a sensitivity to irritants or allergens from pollen, dander, perfumes, and harsh skin care ingredients. The sensitivity results in inflammation, wherein additional blood flows to the surface of the skin as part of the body’s immune response. The blood provides extra oxygen, nutrients, and white blood cells to the area that help fight off the infection or protect from irritants.
Even though this process is natural, prolonged skin redness can indicate severe damage to the skin. Even mild skin redness over a prolonged period of time promotes wrinkle formation and discolored skin.
Dr. Perricone‘s research discovered that the foods you eat can impact the quality of your skin. He has identified certain foods that decrease inflammation in the body. This inflammation plays a role in a number of skin conditions including redness, acne, and wrinkles. Anti-Inflammatory recipes are an excellent tool for rapidly improving skin quality and reducing redness.
As mentioned above, when skin redness is temporary, it usually results from overexposure to sun, weather, or irritating substances that can be avoided in the future. However, a few skin conditions cause redness that goes beyond such relatively mild and impermanent irritation.
Perhaps the most common cause of skin redness is acne. Pores are openings in the skin containing a hair follicle and an oil gland. Many people develop acne during their teenage years when hormonal changes trigger an increase in oil production. Normally, this oil helps lubricate the skin and shed old skin cells. When too much oil is present, it can mix and dirt and bacteria and clog the pore. If the pore becomes infected, the same kind of immune response your body has to skin irritation kicks in. This results in a red and inflamed area blood flow is helping to fight the bacterial infection, so the best treatment for adult acne and red skin is to fight it early.
More acute or severe chronic skin conditions tend to have other symptoms in addition to red skin. Eczema is defined by scaly, itchy rashes; although the cause is unknown, it is believed by some to result from an overactive response to triggers such as allergens. Eczema begins with inflammation and itchiness and progresses to the scaly rash most associated with it. If untreated, it can lead to long-term skin discoloration. Eczema is often classified as a form of dermatitis. The term dermatitis may refer to a variety of rashes and irritations from mild redness to serious disorders like psoriasis.
The best way to treat skin redness is to definitively identify what condition is causing it. A dermatologist is best qualified to make this diagnosis, but there are things you can do to reduce redness triggers on your own:
- Protect against environmental factors: Most environmental damage is caused by a lack of preparation. Gentle lotions with an SPF of at least 15 applied to bare skin or under makeup will significantly reduce sun damage. In winter months, switching to a richer moisturizer and covering exposed skin will limit skin redness.
- Know what allergens and irritants you are sensitive to: By knowing what affects your skin, you can limit exposure or avoid them altogether. The longer skin is subjected to irritants, the more susceptible it is to irritation, with the reaction often getting worse each time.
- Use appropriate cleansers and topicals: If you have dry skin, apply lotions or moisturizers immediately after showering to retain moisture. If your skin tends to be oily, use a cleanser that cleans thoroughly to but that doesn’t dry out you skin, and look for oil-free lotions and creams.
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